Steep mountains divide dense rainforests and rocky shores from thriving cities. Discover the rugged and the cosmopolitan with Moon Victoria & Vancouver Island. Inside you'll find:
Strategic, flexible itineraries, from a long weekend in Victoria to two weeks exploring Vancouver Island, designed for outdoor adventurers, culture and history buffs, families, and more
Must-see highlights and unique experiences: Complete one of the world's great coastal hikes on the West Coast Trail, or try your hand at stand-up paddleboarding through protected fjords. Surf off the wild coast of Tofino, or experience the thrill of hooking a giant salmon on the Campbell River. Taste seafood fresh from the ocean in downtown Victoria and admire the city's timeless architecture. Spend the day in the colorful Butchart Gardens, learn the history of the First Nations, or discover the region's natural origins at the Royal BC Museum
Honest advice from Vancouver Island expert Andrew Hempstead on when to go, where to eat, and where to stay, from waterfront lodges to secluded campsites
Full-color photos and detailed maps throughout
Background information on the landscape, climate, wildlife, culture, and local history
With Moon Victoria & Vancouver Island's practical tips, myriad activities, and insider's view on the best things to do and see, you can plan your trip your way.
Expanding your trip? Try Moon British Columbia. Craving more of Canada's incredible wilderness? Check out Moon Banff National Park.
About the Author
Kayaking around Bowen Island, enjoying a powder day at Whistler Blackcomb, chowing down on pancakes at the Elbow Room, joining the mid-day crowd at Butchart Gardens, and surfing on the west coast - Andrew Hempstead has done all of this and more. He's out there not because it's part of compiling a guidebook, but because he loves Vancouver and Victoria. These diverse experiences, coupled with a deep respect for nature and an interest in local history, have been essential in his creation of Moon Victoria & Vancouver Island.
Andrew spends as much time as possible out on the road, and rather than having an itinerary laid out for him by local tourism offices, he travels incognito so he can experience the many and varied delights of Vancouver and Victoria the same way his readers do.
Since the early 1990s, Andrew has authored and updated over 60 guidebooks, contributed to dozens of major magazines, supplied content for online clients like Expedia and KLM, and been employed as a corporate writer for Parks Canada. His photography has appeared in a wide variety of media ranging from international golf magazines to a Ripley's Believe It or Not! Museum. Andrew has spoken on guidebook writing to national audiences, and he has contributed to a university-level travel writing textbook.
Andrew and his wife Dianne own Summerthought Publishing, a regional publisher of nonfiction books. He and his family live in Banff, Alberta.